Governance of Cooperatives Summer School

Summer School


We are no longer accepting registrations.

After following this course, the student is able to:

  1. Characterize the governance of cooperatives;
  2. Analyze the governance of cooperatives;
  3. Redesign cooperatives for better outcomes.


A cooperative consists of a society of members and an enterprise, where the former owns the latter. This course addresses the three sources of superior creation of value by a cooperative: the organization of the society of members, the transaction relationship between the society of members and the cooperative firm, and the commitment of the cooperative firm to certain competitive behavior due to it being owned by the society of members. The lectures highlight the themes Ownership of enterprise, Collective decision making, Incentives in cooperatives, Membership heterogeneity, and Competitive strategy by cooperatives.


Assignments (100%)


The course manual will specify a selection of scientific articles, and extensive PPTs will be made available.

Additional info

For the timetable of this course, please click here. The timetable is in the local time of Rotterdam, which is CEST (UTC+02:00).

This course is held fully online.

ERIM PhD candidates (full-time/part-time): Registration is closed.
RSM/ESE faculty members with ERIM membership: Registration is closed.
External (non-ERIM) doctoral students: Registration is closed.

Please note that the number of places for this course is limited. In case the number of registrations exceeds the number of available seats, priority is given to ERIM PhD candidates.

This course is free of charge for ERIM PhD candidates (full-time and part-time) and RSM/ESE faculty members with ERIM membership. For other participants, the course fee is 500 euro.

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